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Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City, a WWII Spy, and a True Story of Deadly Adventure

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"I began to daydream about the jungle...."

On April 6, 1940, explorer and future World War II spy Theodore Morde (who would one day attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler), anxious about the perilous journey that lay ahead of him, struggled to fall asleep at the Paris Hotel in La Ceiba, Honduras.

Nearly seventy years later, in the same hotel, acclaimed journalist Christopher S. Stewart wonders what he's gotten himself into. Stewart and Morde seek the same answer on their quests: the solution to the riddle of the whereabouts of Ciudad Blanca, buried somewhere deep in the rain forest on the Mosquito Coast. Imagining an immense and immaculate El Dorado-like city made entirely of gold, explorers as far back as the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés have tried to find the fabled White City. Others have gone looking for tall white cliffs and gigantic stone temples — no one found a trace.

Legends, like the jungle, are dense and captivating. Many have sought their fortune or fame down the Réo Patuca — from Christopher Columbus to present-day college professors — and many have died or disappeared. What begins as a passing interest slowly turns into an obsession as Stewart pieces together the whirlwind life and mysterious death of Morde, a man who had sailed around the world five times before he was thirty and claimed to have discovered what he called the Lost City of the Monkey God.

Armed with Morde's personal notebooks and the enigmatic coordinates etched on his well-worn walking stick, Stewart sets out to test the jungle himself — and to test himself in the jungle. As we follow the parallel journeys of Morde and Stewart, the ultimate destination morphs with their every twist and turn. Are they walking in circles? Or are they running from their own shadows? Jungleland is part detective story, part classic tale of man versus wild in the tradition of The Lost City of Z and Lost in Shangri-La. A story of young fatherhood as well as the timeless call of adventure, this is an epic search for answers in a place where nothing is guaranteed, least of all survival.

Review:

"A fascinating and gripping account, a true to life Indiana Jones adventure." Douglas Preston

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"This stunning book takes you deep into the jungles of Honduras, telling a story that explains all of Europe's adventures on this side of the world: the quest for a lost city full of gold, a search that, in theend, reveals the treasure to be the journey itself. " Rich Cohen

Review:

"A bold attempt to solve the mystery of the White City of Honduras and finish the work of a World War II spy...a rip-snorting journey....Readers who loved The Lost City of Z have found their next great true adventure." Mitchell Zuckoff

Review:

"A tale for the ages." Mark Adams

Review:

"I dare you to put this book down." Evan Wright

About the Author

Christopher S. Stewart is a writer and editor at the Wall Street Journal. His work has appeared in GQ, Harper's, New York, the New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review, Wired, and other publications. He is also the author of Hunting the Tiger: The Fast Life and Violent Death of the Balkans' Most Dangerous Man. He lives with his family in Brooklyn.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061802546
Subtitle:
A Mysterious Lost City, a WWII Spy, and a True Story of Deadly Adventure
Author:
Stewart, Christopher S.
Author:
Stewart, Christopher S.
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
Central America
Subject:
World History-Central America
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.05 in 17.78 oz

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Product details 256 pages Harper - English 9780061802546 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A fascinating and gripping account, a true to life Indiana Jones adventure."
"Review" by , "This stunning book takes you deep into the jungles of Honduras, telling a story that explains all of Europe's adventures on this side of the world: the quest for a lost city full of gold, a search that, in theend, reveals the treasure to be the journey itself. "
"Review" by , "A bold attempt to solve the mystery of the White City of Honduras and finish the work of a World War II spy...a rip-snorting journey....Readers who loved The Lost City of Z have found their next great true adventure."
"Review" by , "A tale for the ages."
"Review" by , "I dare you to put this book down."
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